State Sen. Thomas Duane plans new chapter in his life
June 4th, 2012
State Sen. Thomas K. Duane, the first openly gay and openly HIV-positive member of the legislative body, announced today he will not be running for re-election this year, opening up his seat in the important 29th State Senatorial District that runs from the Upper West Side to Greenwich Village.
“When I first was elected to the Senate people told me it was a foolish career choice,”ť Duane said in a statement announcing his retirement. “I was told that an openly gay, openly HIV-positive man would accomplish little in a highly partisan and conservative State Senate. I was not discouraged by this talk.”
Duane, who first entered the Senate in 1998, told the New York Times in Sunday editions he was leaving because he was tired of traveling from the city to Albany over the past 14 years. “I always knew that I was going to have another chapter in my life, and it’s time for me to start that new chapter,”ť he told the newspaper.
The state senator has been an advocate for those who do not have a voice in the halls of government, playing an important role in 2009 and last year during the battle for same-sex marriage. In addition to The Marriage Equality Act and The Family Health Care Decisions Act, Duane also cites lesser publicized bills like the Sex Trafficking Victims Second Chance Act as some of his major accomplishments.
Duane does not plan to run for office again, but said he would continue to be “an activist and an advocate.”By Kamelia Kilawan on June 4, 2012, 3:03 pm
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